Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5)
This course is for international students with an offer to study on a degree course with us, have achieved the IELTS overall condition with 0.5 lower in one specified skill or who have met their English language entry requirements and want to ensure they are fully prepared for their studies.
You will automatically be moved onto your degree course on successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course, if this is condition of your offer, without the need to take any additional external language tests, including IELTS.
All of our PS courses in Summer 2022 will be delivered online. The online classes will be from 9am – 12:30pm and one-to-one tutorials will be scheduled either before or after the online classes.
Hear from our students
Listen to what some of our students who attended the Summer Pre-Sessional English Language courses have to say about online learning.
- Critical research skills
- Study skills
- Writing extended essays
- Giving presentations.
Learning and teaching methods
- Reading and listening activities
- Speaking practice
- Group discussions
- Independent study
- One-to-one tutorials.
You will get access to our library including our language study area, home to language software, satellite TV, a large foreign film collection and books, CDs and DVDs.
You will need to have already accepted a degree offer with us in order to be eligible for our Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course.
English language requirements
If you are using this Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course to gain the relevant English language requirement for your degree course, you must have achieved:
- The Overall IELTS Academic score
- No lower than 0.5 in one skill only.
For students who are required to have a higher or lower IELTS Academic score for the degree offer condition, the minimum entry levels for all pre-sessional courses will be correspondingly higher or lower.
If you present a variety of pieces of evidence of competence in English, you will only be judged on the most recent piece of evidence.
Please see the list of the English language tests that can be accepted for the online pre-sessional courses: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/international/english-language-requirements.
Example entry scores
Applicants who need an IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in each component for their degree course
*or IELTS Academic 0.5 lower in one specified skill.
Applicants who need an IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other components for their degree course
**or IELTS Academic 0.5 lower in one specified skill.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
What these fees include
- 10% deposit: £215
- Remaining course fees: £1,935*
*We require the remaining fee to be paid four weeks before the course starts.
Throughout the duration of your studies it is likely that you will incur additional costs.
If you are being sponsored, evidence of this must be supplied to us after your initial application is made, via the applicant portal.
This has to be issued by an authorised officer of an official sponsoring body and have a recent date of issue. This should be on company headed paper and should clearly state:
- Your name and university number.
- The programme for which you have been offered a place.
- The level of fees that will be paid by the company.
- The address the invoice should be sent to.
- That the fees will be paid directly to the University of Surrey.
How to apply
Applications for this course are online we would advise you to apply as soon as possible as places are limited. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the course or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
You are required to upload documents as evidence:
- Evidence of your English language level
- A valid copy of your passport or EU National Identity card (valid for international travel)
- A copy of your sponsorship letter (if you are a sponsored student).
Please note that as the course is online only, we are unable to sponsor students for a visa for the duration of the pre-sessional course.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
University can only issue a CAS number to cover the part of the course which takes place in person. At the end of the pre-sessional course, in order to apply for a Student visa for your degree course, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), a unique reference number, which is confirmation of your unconditional offer to study with us. A 10% deposit or proof of sponsorship for the total is necessary to receive a CAS and be accepted.
Please note, if you fail to successfully complete this 5-week course, and this is a condition of your offer, you will not be able to study on your degree course and your Student visa will be withdrawn, unless you re-take and pass the IELTS.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.
The deposit or fees for the Pre-Sessional English Language 5 weeks (PS5) course, paid to the University, can be refunded if a request is made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the start of the course.
A full refund of any paid course deposit or fee will be refunded if:
- The University is unable to offer the place.
- The University closes the course.
- The University cannot fulfil its offer of a place.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.